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15th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

  • 575 Riverside Road Roswell, GA, 30075 United States (map)

We will be setting up a booth at this event so be sure and come by and see us. Please note that our retail location will be closed on this day.


Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, May 20, for the 15th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival.

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service, and the City of Roswell, the event is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves 3.5 million Georgians and 70% of metro Atlantans.

The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park, opens at 10:00AM and is FREE and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy LIVE music plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors.

Featured performers: Dead 27s

The RACE begins at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards. This 8 mile course includes exciting Class I-II rapids and concludes at Riverside Park, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation.
*Specific details about shuttling, launch times, etc will be sent to registrants one week prior to the race.

Awards will be presented in all categories at the conclusion of the race, including awards for Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration. The race also includes a Team Challenge as a way to build pride, morale and camaraderie among groups such as companies, schools, and clubs. As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the course by the SweetWater Beer Barge. Paddlers can enjoy sodas, water, or a SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and over) before going ashore.

Proceeds go to support CRK’s mission to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River system for the people and wildlife that depend upon it.

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